In a recent interview with MMAJunkie.com, Brendan Schaub stated that after his recent victory at UFC 116 he wasn’t happy with the limited minutes that he was in the cage and he wanted the UFC to step up his level of competition.  Today he got his wish as the UFC announced that Schaub will be facing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and former number one contender Gabriel “Napoa” Gonzaga.  Gonzaga is coming off of a loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC on Versus I, but he is still a very tough competitor.  Gonzaga is a big threat to anybody if the fight goes to the ground and he has knock out power in both his hands and feet.  It was Gonzaga’s devastating head kick knockout of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic that earned him a title shot against Randy Couture.  Even though Gonzaga is 1-2 in his last three fights, he definitely an opponent that Schaub can not over look.  Gonzaga will certainly test Schaub’s skills in the cage but Schaub has every tool he needs to win this fight.  Schaub will be the superior striker in this bout as he is much quicker and much more crisp with his punches.  Schaub also carries knock out power in both hands.  Schaub’s ground game is not on the same level as Gonzaga’s is but Schaub is no slouch when it comes to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Schaub is also a very big and strong heavyweight and it will be very hard for Gonzaga to control Schaub on the ground.  This has the makings to be an excellent fight.  Gonzaga needs this when to stay relevant in the heavyweight division and a win for Schaub will continue to catapult him to the top of this division.

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Josh Davis is the owner and President of The MMA Corner, LLC. He has been a fan of mixed martial arts since seeing UFC 1 in his hometown. In addition to his The MMA Corner responsibilities, Josh is the editor of Scrapp! Fight Magazine. Josh has also written for MMA Unleashed and MMA Sports magazines. Josh also manages some of Colorado's best up and coming fighters and is dedicated to the positive promotion of the sport.